masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I am not a huge fan of the normal cherry stout or fruit stouts in general, so I wondered how this one would fair. Aroma was a rich vanilla bourbon with a hint of cherries. Taste was much the same, great velvety mouthfeel, big and rich vanilla cream, with a balancing cherry tartness and some roast as well. I actually liked the amount of bourbon in this one. Almost vinous at times. I think my only problems are more with the fact that this is a fruit stout, but overall, this was great.
auerbrau (3147) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - MAY 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz Bottle. Noses a strong currant-tinted bourbon. Light roast backs up a warm alcohol sensation. Well blended and melded. Dappled with middle red fruits, pluots and cranberry. Not overly complex, but a little cold. Pours a rim in tan, with a deep black-mahogany and a brown rim. Palate starts out really oaky and dry, but then gracefully slides into a strong Mexican vanilla flan, custard and cream. Sweet, but not too much. A touch too barreled for me, but not bad. I’m not drawing a ton of the beer base through some of the bourbon, but it’s expression is pretty decent. Vinous, some aged sherry and wine character. A touch curt as you keep drinking. Finish is impressive. Long, tart fruity. Complex. Just awesome as it develops. Really intricate and layered. Lots of different flavor. Excellent use of a barrel. Finishes forever in roast, cherry juice, bourbon and candy. Delightful! Thanks Sean!
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the 2007 GTMW: Pours an opaque black with a frothy, well-lacing dark tan head. Aroma of oaky vanilla bourbon and tart cherries. Body is semi-sweet, smooth and dark caramel and chocolate malty with nice cherry balance and fruity notes. Well done and enjoyable.
pinkzambia (1427) - Boise, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Slow’s in Detroit: Super dark with tan head and gobs of spotty ;acing. The aroma is a great combo of sweet bourbon along with the cherry. You can definitely taste the alcohol and the tangy cherries. The aftertaste is wonderful. This is something you might want to sip over the course of a long movie. Yum.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2012
Name: Oak Aged Cherry Stout
Date: July 21, 2007
Source: Brewfest, Indy
Appearance: black, scant frothy beige head
Aroma: sweet chocolate and tart cherry aroma with a layer of bourbon
Flavor: lots of dark chocolate and tart cherry flavor with the bourbon kicking in at the finish to add sweet bourbon and vanilla, the tartness from the cherry plays well with the bourbon and vanilla sweetness, a touch of oakyness in the finish adds the needed bitter balance
Aroma: 8/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 18/20
Score: ***+ /4
Name: Cherry Stout, BA
Date: February 07, 2009
Source: Footset Foreplay Friday
Appearance: black, fine tan head
Aroma: sweet cherry and bourbon aroma, vanilla sweetness brings out a chocolate character
Flavor: big sweet chery flavor followed by an intense cherry tartness, woody cherry pit character
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 8/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 17/20
Score: ***+ /4
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ GTMW 2007. Opaque and black with a lasting, thinning tan head. Aroma is alive with sinuous and decadent blackberries, cherries, raspberries, bourbon laced chocolate and truffles. Flavor dances with tart cherries and a hint of black cherries. The chocolate manifests in a tart, lactic order that cures palatary lust. Tart, balanced and altruistic, with red raspberry kernels melting into raspberry java juice. Soft, subtle carbonation accentuates the supple slick body while cherry talc slips through a sleek palate remembrance. Black raspberries and cocoa planted black cherries finish out the show.
Philip (436) - Illinois, USA - AUG 14, 2007
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 GTMW. Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout. Poured from a mannequin dressed as Waldo. The odd thing about this beer was that I’m not particularly fond of the non barrel aged cherry stout, but I happened to be near the Bells’ tent when this was being poured, and so who can resist a sample. I’m glad I gave into temptation. Nose is bourbon and imperial stout, with a hint of fruit. Palate was thick and chewy, with flavors of malted milk balls, sour cherry, French roast, and a slight sweetness on the finish. It seems as though the components I didn’t like about the cherry stout were much more rounded out and balanced here. Perhaps both the aging process and the bourbon together resulted in this being a fabulous beer.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Something I had in the middle of the Indiana Brewer’s Guild fest. Dark Dark brown with a thin tan head. Nary a sign of cherry initially. There is a big healthy bourbon stout nose though. Sweet alcohol nose over a slightly cherry to oaky nose. As this warms, the cherry comes out. Thin body without much fizz of body, but this only makes this more drinkable, not watery. Cherry obviates itself with warming. Bourbon stout up front when cold though. Roast, alcohol, and cherry beats out the sweetness, driving the balance out, but this isn’t a bad thing in my opinion. My only concern is that bourbon barrel aged cherry stout is something different than the oak aged cherry stout...
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Indiana Microbrewers Festival - Aroma of roasted dark malts, oak, vanilla and subtle dark cherry. Pours black with a small head. Flavor matches aroma with the cherry tartness taking over the aftertaste. Palate is sticky and tart. Very nice.
lyebaptism (17) - USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours well with a thin dark brown head. It smells of roasted coffee and dark cherries. The it feels slightly oily when sipped but fills the mouth with a warm lasting glow. It tastes of coffee and slightly bitter cherries and is slightly sweet. This is a good after dinner beer, or perhaps one to drink while eating a salad.